North American car and truck production for the first three weeks of this year is up 4.5 percent over the 1998 period. U.S. cars, down 5.6 percent, is the only segment that shows a decline.
Canadian cars are up 21.8 percent mainly because of gains by DaimlerChrysler Canada. Car production in Mexico is up an estimated 27 percent.
U.S. truck production is up 3.9 percent, and Canadian truck production is up 21.5 percent - Ford Windstar output in Canada has almost tripled. Truck output in Mexico is up an estimated 2.9 percent.
Beginning this week, estimated production figures for BMW and Honda in Mexico are listed in the production table.
Two Ford Motor Co. plants returned to work Jan. 19 after being down for modifications. The plants are Wayne, Mich., which produces the Ford Escort and Mercury Tracer; and Wixom, Mich., which builds the Lincoln Continental and Lincoln Town Car.